6 terrorists to be sentenced for plotting to kidnap Sachin

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New Delhi, Jan 14 (PTI) A Delhi court is likely topronounce tomorrow the quantum of sentence against six HuJImilitants, including 3 Pakistanis, convicted for plotting tokidnap cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in 2002to secure the release of two jailed terrorists.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Pinki had reserved theorder on January six for tomorrow after hearing the argumentson the sentence on behalf of the Delhi Police and convicts.

The court had on December 24 convicted theHarkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) terrorists under stringentanti-terror law POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) and otherpenal offences.

Those convicted included three Pakistan-based militants--Tariq Mohammed, Arshad Khan and Ashfaq Ahmed.

Besides them, three Indians -- Mufti Israr, GhulamQadir Bhatt and Ghulam Mohd Dar -- were also held guilty inthe case.

The accused had conspired to kidnap the cricketers forsecuring the release of two HuJI terrorists NasarullahLangrial and Abdul Rahim who were then lodged in jails here.

The HUJI terrorists are also accused of plotting toassassinate former President A P J Abdul Kalam during hisvisit to Patna in 2002. The Delhi Police had also charged themwith conspiring to attack the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre inMumbai.

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